The Life of a Racing Pigeon

1912

An early documentary short tracing the life of a racing pigeon.

From egg to competition, this early documentary short presents the life of a racing pigeon. Appearing first as eggs, then as three day old hatchlings, seven day old chicks and at fourteen days, when a metal registration ring is fitted. At one month, the parent is shown feeding the youngster, but before long they are fending for themselves and ready to race. The day before the race, a racemark is stamped on the pigeon's wing and a rubber ring with secret number placed on its leg. Arriving by rail for the race, the pigeons are unloaded, fed and watered, and released in a hail of feathers, 4000 birds in 33 seconds. When the pigeons reach home, the rubber ring is opened and the secret number recorded in a clock which registers the time of arrival. The film concludes with a pigeon fancier feeding his favourite bird with his mouth.

Keywords

Birds; Documentary; Pigeons; Racing pigeons

  • Maker : Arthur Melbourne-Cooper

  • Distributor : Heron

Manifestations

The Life of a Racing Pigeon

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    INV360030
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    MP4 H264 digital
    Dimension
    Duration
    0:07:36
    Modification Date
    22/09/2011
    Parts
    Reference
    727571
  • Barcode
    INV359043
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    MP4 H264 digital
    Dimension
    Duration
    0:07:36
    Modification Date
    21/09/2011
    Parts
    Reference
    727144
  • Barcode
    INV383399
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    MP4 H264 digital
    Dimension
    Duration
    0:07:36
    Modification Date
    21/09/2011
    Parts
    Reference
    727143
  • Barcode
    INV316415
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    DV digital
    Dimension
    Duration
    0:04:52
    Modification Date
    02/09/2011
    Parts
    Reference
    725892
  • Activities
    Barcode
    INV320993
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    master digital
    Dimension
    Duration
    0:04:52
    Modification Date
    25/08/2011
    Parts
    Reference
    723019
  • Activities
    Barcode
    INV267656
    Canonical Identifier
    5
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Details
    Carrier Type
    16mm film
    Colour System
    tinted
    Colour Type
    colour+bw
    Dimension
    Duration
    0:29:00
    Has Image
    Y
    Has Sound
    N
    Identifier
    Image Polarity
    pos
    Modification Date
    15/08/2008
    Parts
    Reference
    675984
    Sound
    silent

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